MANIKGANJ: The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has fixed a target of cultivating winter vegetables on 9,250 hectares of land in all seven upazilas of the district to recoup the existing losses being caused by the heavy rainfall during the last month tornado.
The DAE office sources said the farmers of Saturia, Manikganj sadar and Singair upazilas of the district have already planted various kinds of vegetables in their lands with the receding of the rain water, reports BSS.
He said though some parts of his vegetable lands were damaged badly by the rain water, early planted cauliflower and cabbages have started to harvest in full swing and are getting reasonable prices for them.
Hossain said he had sowed seeds in his seed beds twice as the rain water damaged it. He protected his seed bed from heavy rain covering with polythene and cut canals in between of the two beds for avoiding water stagnancy.
When this correspondent visited some areas of Manikganj Sadar Upazila found some cauliflowers growing well and those are matured now.
The farmers of the areas said they are getting the high prices of their products, but its prices are falling fast for abundant supply.
The farmers of char areas of Harirampur Upazila, Shibalaya upazila and Daulatpur Upazila have already started harvesting bottle gourds from their land and selling those at a high price.
Deputy Director Department of Agriculture Extension Abu muhammad Enayet Ullah said Manikganj is popular for vegetable cultivation. Most of the farmers cultivate hybrid varieties of vegetables and get maximum production in their lands, adding that a large quantity of vegetables are available now at the markets.